Plus Bonus Day31
I almost didn’t reach my goal to complete this 30Day Challenge in exactly 30Days. But I surprised myself and went for an extra day of kindness.
“Ask someone how they are and really listen when they answer.”
I thought this would be easy because I consider myself a good listener. But I didn’t have the chance to talk to anyone face-to-face today, unless you count my kids. I asked them how they are, but have you tried to have the conversation with a kid? It’s very short. A conversation with my husband, even shorter.
So, I texted my closest girlfriends, but they were all normal every-day conversation. When I tried to make them deeper, it felt too forced and disingenuous so I stopped. Then when the day was almost over, a friend texted me and we got into an effortless deep and personal conversation . I’m not going into detail about who it was and what we talked about, but these moments make me grateful that I have amazing girlfriends who willingly share their ups and downs with me.
“Give encouragement to someone who is working hard.”
I crap on him all the time. It’s easy. But without a doubt, I will be the first person to tell you how hard my husband works. He has his 9-5, but he also has an internet business he maintains on the side. Basically he works 24/7 to support our family and allow me to be a stay-at-home mom.
He probably thought I had more than one glass of wine at dinner, but I let him know how awesome I think he is at what he does. That even though he’s on a device all the time, and his phone is always ringing at odd hours… that I am in awe of how he handles all the technical tasks, deals with people from across the globe, and makes it look easy.
“Spend a day saying only nice things about – and to- other people.”
TAKE 1 – I can’t even fudge it, I completely failed this today. It was the first day back to the grind – husband back to work / kids back to school. After over a week off, everyone was out of wack, including myself. With the Kindness Challenge on my mind, I was already more patient than I normally would be, but the two adorable beings I gave birth to pushed me beyond my limits and it put me in a funk for the rest of the day.
TAKE 2 – right before I went to bed, I was having conversations with mommy friends and by the end of it I had ended up volunteering for a position that unexpectedly opened on the executive board of the PTA. I was ready to call it quits on kindness for Day30, then this happened and I think it totally counts.
BONUS – Day 31
I could’ve ended the challenge yesterday, but after such a rough day I wanted a Day30-do-over. I woke up with a fresh mind and a fresh heart. I think my kids did too because whatever demons possessed them were gone and we had a picture-perfect morning. I went into the office and had a productive day and lots of laughs with my co-workers. Ended my day with a relaxing family dinner at my in-laws and an easy night-routine with my kids. I spent the day genuinely saying and doing nice things, and it was the perfect way to end this challenge.
CHALLENGE: KINDNESS – ✔️ COMPLETED
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